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East End schools recognized as STAR Schools
Six Pittsburgh Public Schools were recognized as STAR Schools for ranking among the top 25 percent of all other Pennsylvania schools based upon student academic…
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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Walmart provide backpacks to area students
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. brought its “AKA ONE MILLION BACKPACKS” service project to Pittsburgh. Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority along with Walmart collected…
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Allen receives 2015 Geneva College Serving Leader Award
Geneva College is proud to name Judge Cheryl Lynn Allen as the 2015 Geneva College Serving Leader Award recipient for exemplifying the principles of serving…
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Pgh Black Media Federation Vann Media Awards
The Pittsburgh Black Media Federation hosted the 27th Annual Robert L. Vann Awards at the University of Pittsburgh’s O’Hara Student Center Ballroom in Oakland. The…
City debuts Skyline Terrace
North Side job fair draws solid crowd

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NATIONAL NEWS

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Black prosecutor set to replace Loretta Lynch as Brooklyn US Attorney
A longtime federal prosecutor in Brooklyn has won critical support to replace Loretta Lynch as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District, report various media.…
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The one thing African Americans need to know about Memorial Day
Memorial Day has long been known as a holiday to celebrate and honor America’s soldiers. It’s also the holiday that officially kicks off summer, which…
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NAACP monitoring Black biker discrimination in wake of Waco
The Atlantic Beach Bikefest, otherwise known as Black Bike Week, is the largest African-American motorcycle rally event in the nation and one of the largest such…
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5 fast facts about Memorial Day that everyone needs to know
Memorial Day is here finally! But do you know the history of Memorial Day? Here are a couple of facts that you might have known…
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Reversal of Great Migration? Counties seeing racial shifts
CONYERS, Ga. (AP) _ Numerous counties in metro Atlanta have seen a large racial shift this century, akin to a reversal of the 20th century’s…
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71 arrested protesting not guilty verdict for Cleveland officer who fired 49 shots at unarmed couple
Dozens of protesters were arrested after a Cleveland, Ohio judge found Officer Michael Brelo, 31, not guilty of felony involuntary manslaughter in the November 2012…
Caretaker of former Michael Brown memorial denies discarding items
2016 prospect Rand Paul in new book: GOP willing to change
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ENTERTAINMENT

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Michael B. Jordan Responds To Black Superhero Criticism: ‘It’s Okay To Like It’
Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station), is pushing back against racist outrage over his role as superhero Johnny Storm in the upcoming Fantastic Four film. In a…
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Robert Ri’chard, Vivica Fox give life to ‘Chocolate City’ movie
Fast money may help you pay your bills and enable you  to immerse yourself in the trappings of success. But fast money also sends a…
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Bruce Lundvall, long-time Blue Note Records president, dies
NEW YORK (AP) _ Record executive Bruce Lundvall, who revived the iconic Blue Note Records label in the mid-1980s and turned it into a major…
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Nina Simone’s estate accuses Sony of piracy
There’s more drama afoot for the Nina Simone estate. The iconic singer’s heirs are battling Sony, her former label, for allegedly pirating her music. According…
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Graffiti group 5Pointz teams up with The Future Project to transform urban school
Artistic expression came alive in the halls of a New York high school this month with the help of the legendary 5Pointz artists and Syreeta…
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5 Reasons To Watch The Brand New Season Of ‘Power’
The second season of Starz’s 50 Cent-produced drama Power is right around the corner and early trailers prove there are some crazy plotlines in store. Now is obviously…
Chance The Rapper wants to #SaveChicago
Max B looks back on his relationship with Chinx

SPORTS

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High school students invited to study athletic training at July workshop
PITTSBURGH, May 22, 2015 – High school students interested in pursuing a sports medicine career or enhancing their athletic training-room skills are invited to attend…
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Pirates star McCutchen laughs off leaked pay stub
PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Good thing Andrew McCutchen has direct deposit. The Pittsburgh Pirates star centerfielder laughed off a leaked photo of his pay stub Friday,…
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Macklemore, Snoop Dogg to play in celeb softball game
NEW YORK (AP) _ Rappers Snoop Dogg and Macklemore and “Hunger Games” actor Josh Hutcherson will play in the 2015 MLB All-Star Legends and Celebrity…
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Harlem Globetrotters great Marques Haynes dies at 89
PHOENIX (AP) — Marques Haynes’ dribbling skills wowed fans in more than 100 countries. He was a showstopper, a player who helped make the Harlem…
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Funniest James Harden memes after Rockets blowout loss to Golden State
HOUSTON — The systematic and wholesale demolition of the Houston Rockets by gunslinger Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the…
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Curry: Bringing daughter to interview was a last-minute call
  By OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Stephen Curry knows he may no longer be the biggest star in his family. At least for one day,…
Former players: NFL teams ‘conspired’ to push painkillers
Rejuvenated Burnett off to spectacular start in final season

OPINION

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Michelle Obama resists taking the easy way out
More than any other first lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama continues to stand above those who would attempt to distort her…
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The Black Athlete…Tom Brady deserves to be punished
I woke up this Tuesday morning to another bomb of sports news dropped on the NFL: “Four-time Super Bowl winning quarterback, Tom Brady, has been…
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Beyond the Rhetoric…First Lady pays tribute to Tuskegee Airmen
Last week, I received an email from my friend, NNPA News Service Editor-in-Chief George E. Curry. It was a White House press release and a…
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To Be Equal…A message for the Class of 2015
  “Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair. / It’s had tacks in it, /And splinters, / And boards torn up, / And places…
Biker gang war proves disparities
Islamophobia: An alternative reality

BUSINESS

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Black Mom Creates Beautiful Natural Hair Doll For Her Daughters To Raise Their Self-Esteem
Frustrated by an inability to find a doll that highlighted her three daughters’ beautiful African-American features, Angelica Sweeting created one of her own. Sweeting, 27,…
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Suit: Competitor’s smiley face cookies ‘confusingly similar’
PITTSBURGH (AP) _ The cookies may be smiling, but the restaurants are not. A Pennsylvania chain says in a lawsuit that the smiley face cookies…
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Black woman entrepreneur opens new B&B in Durhan, NC
  Durham, NC (BlackNews.com) — From unique restaurants, new condos to major hotel chains, the city of Durham, NC is expanding. And one African American…
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African-American executives and leaders call for national reforms to combat police misconduct and strengthen accountability
WASHINGTON, May 18, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Executive Leadership Council (ELC), the preeminent membership organization for the development of global Black business leaders, has announced…
Brothers In Business: New initiative to launch next generation of Black male entrepreneurs
Lifestyles Report…Beware of emails

INTERNATIONAL

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Ireland votes “yes” to same-sex marriage
With 34 areas reporting from 43 voting blocks, Ireland has become the first nation to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote. This is despite the strong…
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Nigerian army relocates women & children rescued from Boko Haram
Hundreds of women and children rescued from the Islamist militant group Boko Haram are now in military custody, the BBC reports. The Nigerian army has relocated…
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French police cleared in teen deaths that sparked riots
RENNES, France (AP) _ A French court on Monday acquitted two police officers accused of contributing to the deaths of two minority teenagers in a…
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The “Sex-For-Food” Scandal Is Not A Thing…But Child Rape In Africa Is
Earlier this month, a United Nations report revealed that French soldiers were forcing young boys in the Central African Republic to perform sexual acts on…
‘Jon Stewart of Egypt’ eyes next project after Harvard stint
International News Briefs…Putin, in swipe at US, decries ‘unipolar world’ at Victory Day parade

LIFESTYLE

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Lifestyles Report…Beware of emails
How did I get over 700 viruses on my computer? I don’t have the answer, but some of them could have come via emails. Please…
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Fashion Watch on pantyhose…even FLOTUS goes barelegged!
The only time I like to wear pantyhose is in the winter. When the weather warms up it is bare legged all the way. To…
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Black TV personalities break down why Black women aren’t dating Black men
There are endless conversations about black women and relationships, and this time it was brought up on Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore. He had…
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Homewood AMEZ holds Annual Tea
“She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.” This verse from Proverbs 31:22 graced the cover of the invite and the…
Young, Gifted and Black Awards Luncheon
Brooklyn Restaurant, Sweet Chick’s Biggie-inspired menu is epic & now we’re hungry

GENERATION Y

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Why this high schooler turned down eight Ivy League schools for the University of Alabama
Many believe Memphis, Tennessee teen Ronald Nelson made a big mistake for rejecting admission offers from eight Ivy League schools, but he knows his decision is a…
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4 H City Robotic Fair at Kingsley Association
Held at the Kingsley Association in East Liberty, the 4 H City of Penn State hosted a robotics fair at the community recreation center. Coordinated…
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16-year-old Chicago girl going for her doctorate
A young woman from Chicago has conquered the challenge of earning a master’s degree, and now she’s going for her doctorate. You might want to…
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Zendaya takes break from slaying red carpets to graduate high school
Zendaya Coleman not only slays every red carpet her stiletto touches, the Disney star is a young scholar. After her stunning MET Gala appearance, Zendaya…
Man goes from homeless on Skid Row to college grad [video]
CAPA student wins Congressman Doyle’s 2015 Congressional Arts Competition

HEALTH

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26-year-old bride-to-be claims birth control caused stroke
A Los Angeles native is speaking out on the dangerous effects of birth control after she suffered a stroke at the age of 26, ABC reports. In…
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Detroit Gym Teacher Saves Student’s Life By Donating Kidney
#Detroit teacher gives student kidney, new life. http://t.co/mzY9k85Vx4pic.twitter.com/26rGTVZONL — The Detroit News (@detroitnews) May 19, 2015 It’s long been known that teachers can transform and…
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Blacks becoming more comfortable discussing Mental Health
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that there are more than 40 million Americans currently dealing with mental illnesses, not including…
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Healthcare innovation threatens anesthesiologists
New machine cuts sedation costs for routine procedures. New technology could make one of the best-paid medical specialties obsolete. Anesthesiologists, usually the last voice you…
Mudderella is an amazingly messy run for women, by women
Suicides rare in young children; rate edged up in Black boys

Cover To Cover

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Cover To Cover…‘Child, Please’
It was enough to make any kid fearful for his life. It was That Look your Mama gave you—the one you got when you were…
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Author’s latest book looks at jazz and link to religion
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) _ Many listeners of jazz speak of their first encounter with the music in terms of a conversion experience. One hears stories,…
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Cover To Cover…‘Welcome to My Breakdown’
You’re tired of having red eyes. You’re tired of crying, too; tired of an empty soul, runny nose, and dry mouth but you know there…
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Redskins’ cheerleader’s death examined in new book
The story of Debbie Flores has always fascinated. Raised in Baltimore where she attended Old Mill High School, the Puerto Rico-born Flores earned two college…
Cover to Cover…‘Warriors on Horseback’
‘Child, Please:’ Author highlights old-school parenting practices to keep you from wrecking yourself

EDITORS PICK

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‘Blues can never die': B.B. King reigned but music lives on
LAS VEGAS (AP) _ B.B. King believed anyone could play the blues, and that “as long as people have problems, the blues can never die.”…

FEATURES

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Do women cheat as much as men? And if so, are we just smarter about it?
Cheating is a terrible, terrible thing. And yet and many of us have had a penchant for doing it. Some people believe it’s because we’re…

VIEWPOINT

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Criminalizing poverty is big business

PEOPLE

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Kim Kardashian shares never-before-seen photos on one-year anniversary with Kanye West
Well, Kim and Kanye made it way longer than anyone thought they would have! No, all jokes aside, happy one year anniversary to the celeb…
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Yandy puts Mendeecees’ on 8PM curfew before their wedding
The flowers are assembled. The centerpieces are finished and the cake is on its way. It’s happening. The moment Yandy Smith tells us she’s been…
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Coupled Up: Russell Wilson spotted pushing Ciara’s son Future’s stroller
Remember those pesky breakup rumors Ciara and new boo Russell Wilson were facing last week? It looks like they shut them all down with their…
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Lance Gross says ‘I do': Actor marries longtime girlfriend Rebecca Jefferson
Lance Gross is officially off the market. The “House Of Payne” and “Crisis” star married fiancee, stylist Rebecca Jefferson Saturday in a beautiful ceremony in…
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Watch Lil Wayne and Ja Rule get really excited about prison food
In March of 2009, Lil Wayne reported to Rikers Island for an eight-month sentence after being convicted of gun possession in 2007. Ja Rule was…
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Florida teen taken to prom by NFL player dies
Celebrating Khameyea Jennings life who transitioned last night.She &Sen’Derrick Marks blessed us w/this lasting image pic.twitter.com/eXa5GBLT5B — DuvalSports (@DuvalSports) May 22, 2015 Eighteen-year-old Khamayea Jennings,…
Jason Derulo says it will take ‘a miracle’ for him to want another relationship after Jordin Sparks
Sights from Atlanta Jazz Festival 2015 opening night

Education

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Michelle Obama tells Tuskegee grads being first Black first lady led to some sleepless nights
Giving a candid and deeply personal commencement speech at Tuskegee University on Saturday, the First Lady of the United States reflected on the emotional toll…
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4 H City Robotic Fair at Kingsley Association
Held at the Kingsley Association in East Liberty, the 4 H City of Penn State hosted a robotics fair at the community recreation center. Coordinated…

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